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Our take

by Angus

At this point in their careers, August Burns Red have gotten to the stage where they have effectively forged their own brand of metalcore, one that’s defined by surprising melodic structures and positive lyricism rather than downcast songwriting and imagery.

Guardians doesn’t stand as a reinvention or vehicle for great change for the band, but it isn’t supposed to either. Fans of the band will recognise the urgent, breakneck riffs and beats, a craft that August Burns Red have honed so finely that familiarity is seen as a positive in this context.

From the hopeful riffage of ‘Paramount’, to the existential concern that defines ‘Empty Heaven’, right through to ruminations on music industry politics on the album’s most brutal entry ‘Bloodletter’, Guardians might not convince anyone that wasn’t already converted, but for fans of August Burns Red, it’s another satisfying entry into their nine album canon.

The vitals

A small preview from Spotify

Released: 2020
Genre: Metal
Label: Fearless

Condition: New
Format: 2 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM


1. "The Narrative" (4:09)
2. "Bones" (4:15)
3. "Paramount" (4:48)
4. "Defender" (4:21)
5. "Lighthouse" (4:13)
6. "Dismembered Memory" (4:09)
7. "Ties That Bind" (4:18)
8. "Bloodletter" (3:40)
9. "Extinct by Instinct" (4:43)
10. "Empty Heaven" (4:25)
11. "Three Fountains" (6:21)

Spice up your sound

Suits the common OM series cartridge. Get this guy if your old one has worn down after several hundred hours of play (or is busted).

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We've bundled a Pro-Ject Clean It and Brush It - the minimum bits we recommend to keep your vinyl and stylus dust-free.

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A deep-cleaning system for those who have big collections and second hand vinyl. No serious collector is without something like this.

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Reading material

by Angus

We take a look at the different ways to do the important work of keeping your records and stylus clean.

by Angus

Since many of our visitors are at the beginning of their vinyl voyage, we thought it'd be helpful to have a starter's compass.

by the team

Instant Classic is Australia's new way to buy records + the equipment to listen to them on.